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Feb 20

So, with all the new faction stuff in 2.4 comes a new title: “of the Shattered Sun”, which you get by hitting Exalted with SSO and then spending 1000 gold during a specific phase of the world event. (And to be honest, I’ll probably spend that money, because “Sailan of the Shattered Sun” sounds frankly awesome.)

It’s made me think about some other titles I’d love to see in game; titles are really just flavour, vanity rewards for stuff that doesn’t sit on your shoulders or glow in your hand.

I’d really like to see, for instance, some class-, race- or profession-specific title options. How about “Tinkerer” and “Demolitionist” for 375 Engineers (Gnomish and Goblin respectively) who’ve done a further quest? What about “Sentinel” for female night elf warriors, hunters and druids who are Exalted with Darnassus? “Peacekeeper” for those who are Exalted with Sha’tar, Lower City, Scryers or Aldor and Sha’tari Skyguard? “Hero of Outland” for those who are Exalted with all five dungeon factions (Honor Hold/Thrallmar, Cenarion Expedition, Lower City, Keepers of Time and Sha’tar)? “Crusader” for Paladins with certain faction levels or quests? “Wayfarer” for people who’ve done a given (very high) number of quests?

Some of the above are probably too easy to get, but they’re an example of how Blizzard could provide a range of titles for different kinds of achievements. You get the idea of how they can provide some nice flavour and variety, for people of all different playstyles. I’m sure Blizzard won’t actually implement any of the above, but they’ve said they do want to expand the existing title options, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the results.

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3 Comments

Comment by Andromache

Made Wednesday, 20 of February , 2008 at 10:22 pm

One part of me thinks Blizzard have resisted adding too many titles to WoW as they’re a staple of EQ2 (and more recently LOTRO). They can be quite fun, but I’d rather see surnames (and a reworking of the rank system) first!

Comment by Ringo Flinthammer

Made Thursday, 21 of February , 2008 at 2:45 am

Yeah, last time they commented on this, they seemed to be explicitly wanting to avoid the EQ2 model of “I farmed skeletons for two weeks, and here’s my special title,” which doesn’t make them special at all.

That said, there’s a middle ground. “Hero of the Alliance” for Exalted with all five Alliance races, for instance, would be nice. An Outland version would also be cool.

That said, given that most of Blizzard’s title are awful — “Justicar” and “Hand of Al’ar” in particular — maybe they should just focus their energies on a new set of PvP rankings for the 3.0 patch.

I will be getting “Ringo of the Shattered Sun,” though.

Comment by Siha

Made Thursday, 21 of February , 2008 at 3:25 am

Yeah, I agree – I want them to feel epic and cool. But I also want them to be more achievable than just ‘I pvped my ass off for six months’ or ‘I did a bunch of quests that aren’t even accessible to most players’. (Speaking as someone who actually does have the Champion of the Naaru title, at least.)

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